What's Next for the 'Black Panther' Cast?
The Avengers movies may be jam-packed full of characters, but Black Panther is quickly becoming the superhero film with the largest number of stars fans are begging to see more of.
So far, there's no Black Panther sequel officially on the docket (and director Ryan Coogler does not have a deal to return as of yet). But many of the Black Panther characters are coming back for May's Avengers: Infinity War, and there are other places you can catch your favorite stars from Marvel Studios' record-breaking blockbuster.
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Here's a sampling of what's next following the film's historic $242 million opening.
Chadwick Boseman will reprise his role as the Black Panther in Infinity War. The Marvel film opens May 4 and will see a number of heroes battling it out in Wakanda against Thanos' (Josh Brolin) forces of evil. Boseman is also expected to appear in 2019's Avengers 4, which is currently untitled.
Michael B. Jordan
Vanity Fair dubbed Michael B. Jordan the “busiest actor alive in 2018,” and it certainly seems that way. The Killmonger actor is starring alongside Michael Shannon and Sofia Boutella in the HBO adaptation of Fahrenheit 451 this spring, and is working on Netflix's superhero family drama Raising Dion. Jordan is also set to reunite with Coogler for Wrong Answer, a film centered on an Atlanta math teacher embroiled in scandal after he alters his students’ test scores to get funding for his school. Other upcoming films include Just Mercy, a legal drama based on the book of the same name, and Creed II, where he’ll reprise his role as Apollo Creed’s son, Adonis Johnson.
Little Monsters— a horror-comedy about zombies with Josh Gad — is up next for Lupita Nyong’o. Filming’s wrapped and the Abe Forsythe-directed film is expected later this year. Nyong’o is also on board to star in an adaptation of The Daily Show host Trevor Noah's memoir Born a Crime and could potentially reprise her role as Maz Kanata in J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode IX, though casting has not been set for that yet.
The head of the Dora Milaje will return in Infinity War, though Danai Gurira isn’t currently listed as part of the cast for the untitled sequel. In the meantime, Gurira can be seen as Michonne on the current season of The Walking Dead.
Not only will Letitia Wright return as Shuri in Infinity War, but she’s also set to star in the highly anticipated Ready Player One from Steven Spielberg, opening March 29.
Though it’s not known how, Martin Freeman has said he expects to return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe after Black Panther. He’s otherwise set to star in Ode to Joy, a comedy based on a This American Life segment about people with a rare neurological disease called cataplexy, in which strong emotional responses can cause a person to experience temporary muscle weakness or paralysis. Modern Family director Jason Winer and Max Werner, a longtime writer for The Colbert Report, are behind the film.
It's good to be Daniel Kaluuya, who earned his first Oscar nomination (Get Out) just weeks before Black Panther opened. He's also one of the many stars — including Nicholas Hoult, John Boyega and James McAvoy — signed on for the four-part animated series Watership Down. It's an adaptation of a children’s book by the same name, and is being developed by BBC and Netflix. He will also be seen in Steve McQueen’s upcoming Widows, alongside Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Michelle Rodriguez and Viola Davis. The film opens Nov. 16.
Winston Duke's M’Baku, a breakout character and one of the leaders of Wakanda’s five tribes, will return in Infinity War. Perhaps he'll serve up some of his favorite vegetarian cuisine.
Sterling K. Brown
This Is Us is in the midst of its second season, where Sterling K. Brown continues to portray family man Randall Pearson. The NBC drama has already been picked up for a third season. On the big screen, Brown will star in a sequel to the 1987 sci-fi Predator. The Predator is set to release this September from writer-director Shane Black. Other projects for the Emmy Award-winning actor include futuristic thriller Hotel Artemis.
Angela Bassett will be back as Ramonda in Infinity War, and she’s also a current lead on 911, Fox’s new drama that follows the lives of first responders and which was renewed for a second season earlier this year. Bassett will also star in Mission: Impossible — Fallout, the sixth installment in the Tom Cruise-led film franchise.
The Oscar winner has three upcoming film projects in the works. How It Ends is a postapocalyptic action movie that also stars Theo James (Divergent) and Kat Graham (Vampire Diaries). In LAbyrinth, Whitaker plays a journalist helping a disgraced detective (Johnny Depp), solve the murders of Notorious B.I.G and Tupac. Whitaker’s film Finding Steve McQueen tells the true story of the biggest bank heist in U.S. history.
Returning to performance capture, Andy Serkis will play Baloo in the upcoming Jungle Book adaptation, Mowgli, which he is directing. The Warner Bros. film is said to be darker than the 2016 Disney hit from Jon Favreau and its classic animated predecessor. Christian Bale (Bagheera), Cate Blanchett (Kaa) and Benedict Cumberbatch (Shere Khan) also star.
Fans of Florence Kasumba's work as Ayo in Black Panther don't have to wait long for more from her. The actress stars in Netflix's Mute, streaming Friday. It also features Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux, and is directed by Duncan Jones. She’ll also play Hippolyta in Sacha Bennett’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In addition, she's returning to the Disney fold in a big way, when she'll star opposite Donald Glover, Beyonce, Seth Rogen and more in the upcoming Lion King film as Shenzi the hyena, ally of the villainous Scar (Chiwetel Ejiofor).
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